THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

So after telling myself, and telling myself I can get into a new routine to prepare myself for the World Championships, Battle of the Nations, in May, today was the day.


Photographer: Dom Worrall

Today I woke up at 6.45am, put on my Einherjar Wear leggings, (seriously ladies I couldn’t recommend these more they are the comfiest leggings I’ve ever worn and perfect for working out or just looking bad ass! -Squat proof guarentee), laced up my trainers, went out the door and ran.


I currently live on a big hill, so talking to my boyfriend about what I need to do training wise to prepare for the world championships, a big thing we came up with is start every single day with a morning run. I’m starting simply running down to the end of my road and then back up the hill, a relatively small distance to a lot of people, but as this run gets easier I will extend the run bit by bit. Keeping it a challenge. I haven’t been for an actual run for a very long time and at the moment don’t particularly enjoy feeling my whole throat burn from the cold fresh morning air.. but I’m doing it. And I’m going to stick to this plan.


I have struggled for months to get into a regular routine thanks to many things, the biggest being the nature of my current job- not being guaranteed to start/stop at set times, and only finding out my workload for the day every morning. This has had a negative knock-on effect on my life generally. This combined with my struggles finding motivation on and off for the past few months, has meant that training for HMB has been very rocky. 


If you want to be good, be great, be efficient at anything; it not only takes hard work, but it takes a solid routine. 


As human beings in the modern world, it is simply too easy to become lazy. At times I’ve heard others, and even caught myself, looking at someone who is morbidly obese and wondering how (other reasons aside) people can ‘let themselves get in that condition.’ 



—- NB- this is a generalised statement, I do not judge others for their life journey/circumstances and I am fully aware of all the different elements that can cause someone to become morbidly obese—-


And yet, on the days where I find myself sitting in the Sadness. Binging on Youtube or Netflix. Not even getting dressed. Not having the energy to cook, or even move. It is easy to see just how some people can ‘let themselves get in that condition.’ 


There are many elements that contribute to how we are drawn to laziness, and I’m sure I will go into that in another blog. But the main thing that get’s us out of this path to ‘nothing’, is the power of habit. The structure of routine.


Routine forces you to do things, and it’s having the discipline to stick to a routine once you’ve structured one that truly makes the difference. 


Photographer: Tony Cooney, MUA: Jessica Abbott

A last minute binge may have got you through school/work deadlines. It may have just got you a pass on a test. But if you want to be truly great at something, it takes constant consistency. It’s the ‘daily gruel’. The baby steps every single day that add up to a marathon. 


Nothing worth doing, and worth doing well might I add, is quick or so easy. And when you’re in something competitive, aiming to be the best of the best, it’s not only the extra things you do that will make the difference. It’s having that solid rock foundation that you’ve built through hard work and daily habit. 


So here i am, a mere 2.5hours into my first day of my new routine, with determination driving me. World Championships are only a month away, there’s little I can do that will make a mountain of difference in that time but I know what I can, should and will have to do if I want to be the best I can be for them this year. And it’s not going to stop after Battle of the Nations. That’s not my only goal for this year, and it’s not like I don’t want to see myself 10 times better this time next year! 


The most important thing to remember, as much as I can tell you how good it is to have a decent routine or to do this or that to get somewhere.. YOU are the ONLY one who can make the difference in your life. By no means am I telling you to go it alone- it may be that you need to search and reach out for someone to help you- someone to be accountable to in some way in order to keep you on track- it’s an awful lot easier to stick to something difficult when you have accountability and support. But YOU are the one who walks the path. No one can do it for you. If you want to do something, set yourself some goals, gather your support, create your accountability… and go be the best damn version of you you can be!


Photographer: Mike Martin

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